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Electoral Reform:

Can we build a better democracy?

By June 2022, Parliament must amend SA’s electoral law to allow independent candidates to contest national and provincial elections, as ordered by the Constitutional Court.


Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.


"Adenauer-Conference" with Armin Laschet

Germany’s Role in International Security Affairs

With a keynote speech on foreign and security policy by Minister-President Armin Laschet, this year's Adenauer Conference opens the discussion on key security issues and international challenges. Besides the priorities for German foreign and security policy, the focus of the debate this year is also on Afghanistan and transatlantic relations.


SA's Corona Parliament: Virtually working?

Join Rebecca Sibanda as she launches and discusses the findings of her new paper.

At this event Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss the findings of her new paper Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate. In the paper, she reviews the performance of South Africa's Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic. Enriching and challenging her conclusions will be Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung thanks the Parliamentary Monitoring Group for its collaboration in this research.


Book Launch-The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (Editors)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality.


Wrecking Ball

Why Permanent Technological Unemployment, a Predictable Pandemic and Other Wicked Problems Will End South Africa’s Experiment in Inclusive Democracy

Wrecking Ball explores, in novel theoretical manner, a decalogue of wicked problems that could easily end contemporary civilization. Written in the vernacular of political economy, it demonstrates that without an inclusive centralized system of global political and economic institutions, the collective action required to solve these wicked problems falls beyond the remit of the world’s 200 still predominantly extractive and elitist polities. To prove its manifold theses, Wrecking Ball grounds its analysis in an extended study of contemporary South Africa and shows that this country’s elitist and extractive political and economic institutions not only make resolution of ongoing domestic crises unattainable, but make meaningful responses to wicked problems impossible.


‘What are the obligations of states and corporations to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine access is a matter of life and death for many. For others it is a matter of their livelihoods.

A number of vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed in record time and the hope is that this will bring an end to the death, suffering, and disruption to ordinary life caused by the pandemic. Yet, currently, only a small number of countries from the Global North are being able to vaccinate at a rapid rate with access to COVID-19 vaccines having been conditioned by the ability to make large investments in the developments of the vaccine. The vaccines are being manufactured by large private companies, based almost exclusively in the Global North, who have become household names. Yet, their development involved not only private funding but also large amounts of public money and research. Moreover, some of the vaccines were tested on people living in countries in the Global South, including in South Africa. The patenting of the vaccines not only has allowed for the ability of companies to charge high prices but also restrictions on who may supply the vaccines which is partly responsible for current shortages.


Human Rights Law and Children's Right to Education

Can Human Rights Law Provide Guidance on Realising a Child's Right to Education in the Face of a Pandemic?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s access to education in the African context was already unequal. COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation with lockdowns, widespread school closures, the use of online learning in resource-poor contexts and limited tuition at schools when, and if, they resumed in-person teaching. Apart from these educational impacts, COVID-19 has also affected other rights of children: for instance, there have been increases in domestic violence, as well as an inability to access school meals that provided much-needed nutrition.


CANRAD/KAS-Youth and Democracy Series

Impact of Covid-19 on youth: Opportunities and Challenges

COVID-19 has a detrimental effect on the youths and this may prove to be one of its damaging legacies. In fact, the coronavirus crisis risks turning back the clock on years of progress made on young people’s well-being and has put their rights under serious pressure across the globe. Issues of access to education, domestic abuse, child labour and lack of decent work are some of the many challenges that many institutions are grappling with. While the universities, NGOs, as well as governments are turning their attention to these problems, young people also have a key role to play in finding solutions.


Poor Education, Poor Economy and Planning the Escape

The South African education system is in crisis. According to Statistics SA, half of all learners drop out of school before reaching matric.

The government fails learners in poor communities by failing to provide schools with adequate infrastructure and qualified teachers. Inequality in South Africa is further exacerbated by an education system that does not adequately prepare learners for the world of work. Learners from disadvantaged communities cannot compete with their peers from affluent communities.

Hintergründe zur ersten Fußball-WM in Afrika

Am 29. März 2010 fand in der Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin ein Medienseminar zum Thema: "Südafrika 2010-Hintergründe zur ersten Fußball-WM in Afrika" statt. Julia Weber, ehemalige Trainee der KAS in Südafrika und seit März in der KAS Zentrale, Berlin als Koordinatorin Medien in der Abteilung Grundsatzfragen tätig, nahm an der Veranstaltung mit folgendem Beitrag teil.

Landreform in South Africa: Constructive Aims and Positive Outcomes

Reflecting on Experiences on the Way to 2014

In 2008 KAS partnered with the Southern African Development Community Centre for Land-related, Regional and Development Law and Policy to host a conference on Land Reform in South Africa. The conference aimed to provide an integrated and substantiven overview of the current realities facing the land reform programme in South Africa. The focus was on identifying the national land reform regulatory and policyframework, and practical case studies were highlighted to demonstrate issues, challenges and successes faced at the core of land reform.

The service delivery conundrum

M&G Critical Thinking Forum

The cause of and solutions to the recent spate of service delivery protests came under the spotlight at a recent Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum run in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Ann Bernstein, Head of the Centre for Development and Enterprise; Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Dumisani Mthalane, National Secretary of SANCO were invited as panelists to discuss the issue.

267 Tage vor dem Anpfiff

2010 FIFA World Cup Green Goal Progress Report Host City Cape Town

„Es genügt nicht, die Infrastruktur sowie die technischen und personellen Voraussetzungen zu schaffen, und bei der Planung eines Weltsportereignisses – wie der Fußball-WM 2010 – die Umweltziele zu berücksichtigen. Vielmehr ist es wichtig, dass daraus ein Bewusstsein bei den Menschen entsteht und alle Bürger der Stadt, der Provinz, des Landes sowie die internationalen Gäste bei der Verwirklichung dieser Ziele engagiert mitmachen!“

Host City Cape Town Green Goal Progress Report

The Green Goal Progress Report is the product of a second round of KAS workshops for the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government. It monitors the timely implementation of the 41 Green Goal projects that were identified in the Green Goal Action Plan. The report shares success stories but also highlights hurdles that still need to be overcome in order to ensure an environmentally friendly World Cup.

Summer Academy Southern Africa

Politiker aus dem südlichen Afrika diskutieren das Thema „Parteienfinanzierung“

14 Politiker aus Südafrika, Simbabwe, Malawi, der Demokratischen Republik Kongo, Mosambik und Namibia haben eine Woche lang im Rahmen der “Summer Academy Southern Africa” in Johannesburg Erfahrungen und Informationen ausgetauscht.

'Making Democracy Work: Comparing the South African and the German Constitution'

Prof. Thomas von Danwitz und Justice Kate O'Regan zu Gast bei einer Veranstaltung der KAS-Südafrika

Wo gibt es Unterschiede, wo Gemeinsamkeiten in den Verfassungen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Republik Südafrika? In welchem historischen Kontext sind die beiden Dokumente entstanden? Wie sieht die Verfassungswirklichkeit aus und was sind die zentralen verfassungsrechtlichen Herausforderungen in Deutschland und Südafrika? Dies waren nur einige der Fragen, die am 20. August im ehemaligen Women’s Jail in Johannesburg diskutiert wurden.

Auftakt der Serie: "A long walk to Democracy-Celebrating milestones of freedom and unity

60 Jahre Bundesrepublik, 20 Jahre Mauerfall, 15 Jahre Demokratisches Südafrika: Für die Adenaur-Stiftung in Südafrika gibt es im Jahr 2009 gleich drei Jubiläen zu feiern. Gemeinsam mit dem Goethe-Institut Johannesburg und fünf weiteren Partnern hat die KAS Südafrika die Serie “A long walk to Democracy – Celebrating milestones of freedom and unity“ ins Leben gerufen. Sieben Veranstaltungen in Johannesburg, Kapstadt und Durban stehen im Laufe des Jahres auf dem Programm – darunter sowohl politische Diskussionen als auch kulturelle Feierlichkeiten.

Scoping, Planning and Implementing the Carbon Offsetting Plan for the HC Cape Town

Workshop Report

Angelehnt an das Umweltkonzept "Green Goal" unternimmt auch Südafrika den Versuch, die Fußballweltmeisterschaft zu einem klimaneutralen Großereignis werden zu lassen. Die Host City Kapstadt hat dafür eigens einen Maßnahmenkatalog erstellt. Mit einer neuen Workshopreihe unte

Lake Kivu Consensus

An agenda for a competiveness Africa

The Lake Kivu Consensus is the fruit of debate at two meetings in Italy and Rwanda in 2008, which identified competiveness as the critical element in an African strategy to increase employment and prosperity. The document proposes actions that African states can take, together with the private sector, NGO's and aid donors, to improve the continents economic competiveness.